In the last couple of months quite a few of my small ambitions have come to fruition. I’ve appeared in Black+White Photography magazine (in the same issue as Michael Kenna no less!), Outdoor Photography magazine (with more to come there too), I was even filmed by Practical Photography of course, something which was an experience all of its own! Now, just in time for my birthday, a rather extensive interview feature has been published by On Landscape which fulfills another long-held ambition.
In January I featured in Black+White Photography Magazine, fulfilling a long standing ambition. Getting into such publications is important (to me anyway) because they are at the quality end of the magazine stand and so it goes it’s something of a subconscious stamp of approval for your endeavour. It was the start of a fair amount of interest I’ve had so far this year. Things definitely stepped up heavily following my relative success in Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2014 so I was very pleased indeed when Steve Watkins, editor of Outdoor Photography, asked me to write their regular Lie Of The Land piece for the April edition. Outdoor Photography are another I put in the same bracket as Black+White Photography, so it was great not just to be asked for a photograph but to write something too.
In January Practical Photography Magazine contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in completing a video shoot which would be used on the magazine’s cover disc and website. It’s not something I’d done before so I thought it might be a genuinely interesting experience and I agreed. Having run my own workshops previously, you can’t be a shrinking violet in these situations so I figured it would probably be OK.
I’ve been asked for quite a few images from Amateur Photographer to date, most notably with my Wild Wood Feature last October (watch out for another coming up again soon) so I was pleased to be asked to supply an image which would be used to demonstrate how to “avoid the cliches” as part of their “12 New Year Projects” feature…
I’ve spent a bit of time reconnecting with some mono work lately, especially since I started shooting some night scenes with the Nikon Df. I used to spend a lot more time with black & white than I have done this year and in the process I often looked in awe at Black+White Photography magazine for inspiration. It’s a very cool and elegant title indeed, a volume of genuine distinction and quality, in my view a cut above many of the other monthlies you’ll find it nestling amongst on the shelves of WH Smith. It’s been a long held ambition of mine to get something between the covers and in truth I’d all but given up that it was going to happen.
Once again I’ve been fine tuning my equipment. For a long time I’ve accepted my own status quo and when I think about that it’s a bit odd really because it’s the opposite of who I am. I can’t sit still, I feel a compulsion to move on and evolve. What do I mean by that? Basically that my first choice DSLR in a Nikon D800E was the beginning and end of my requirements and my lens choices have very much followed that format. I’m not even sure how I ended up thinking like that.
Following on from my five page Wild Wood feature in Amateur Photographer last week (4th October edition) it was great to get a further invite from the editor to contribute and play a small part in the special 130th Anniversary Issue with a nice corner on Chesterton Windmill in Warwickshire.
I wrote a blog post a couple of months back about the pain of seeing some of my favourite images from the last year get rejected at the first hurdle of Charlie Waite’s Landscape Photographer Of The Year competition. I wrote it despite the fact I ended up with a number of photographs being shortlisted because I wanted people to know how much time and effort went into each and every image and regardless of any perceived success that the sting of rejection was still real, whether they believed it or not. Each photograph is a labour of love for me, apart from the road miles, 3am alarm calls and physical effort to generally stumbling around carrying large amounts of kit, the meticulous post-processing and final presentation all adds up to a big personal investment in each frame.
Following a bit of experimentation recently with Multiple Exposure effects, I had a request from Amateur Photographer Magazine for them to complete an interview feature on me and the image below, which I’ve simply titled “Cotswold Trees”. I’ve been interviewed by Phil Hall before for a different piece, he’s a very easy guy to talk to and totally understands the creative process and it was a very enjoyable half hour or so.
It’s been a savage winter in the UK, not so for its snow and ice but for its continual rain, high winds and storms. The first part of 2014 will be remembered for one thing – the volume of storm and water everywhere in the UK, but particularly in the South West.